Editor’s Hints for Essay Writing

Complete the following tasks, and check them off as you go.

Composing:

1. Find and highlight your thesis in RED.

Make sure it has the following:
Topic =
Opinion =
3 main ideas

If any of the above is missing, then ADD to the THESIS!

2. HOOK – Locate HOOK at the beginning of P1 – Make sure it is description, or a
simile, or a statistic, or a quote — ADD at least ONE sentence to your HOOK today!

3. Highlight transition words at the beginning of P2, P3, P4, and P5 in YELLOW. If you
are missing one, add one.

4. Locate the pronoun YOU and change it in your paper. Change it to a third person
pronoun (she, he, they) or a first person pronoun (I, we, us)

5. Paragraph 2 – Locate and highlight/underline topic sentence in RED

  • Add one detail sentence – specific example of main idea – BLUE
  • Elaborate your detail (when, where, how, why) – GREEN

6. Paragraph 3 – Locate and highlight topic sentence in RED

  • Add one detail sentence – specific example of main idea – BLUE
  • Elaboration your detail (when, where, how, why) – GREEN

7. Paragraph 4 – Locate and highlight topic sentence in RED

  • Add one detail – specific example of main idea – BLUE
  • Elaborate your detail (when, where, how, why) – GREEN

Written Expression:

8. Look for a simile or metaphor. If you do not have one in your paper, add one. Once
you have one, highlight it with ORANGE.

Usage and Mechanics:

9. Combine any two short sentences with a SEMICOLON (;)
10. Combine any two short sentences with (, and) or (, or)
11. Make sure the first word of EVERY sentence is CAPITALIZED!

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